Monday, February 28, 2011

Nine Months Old

Baby B is already 9-months-old. It is hard to believe how fast he has grown! He is the happiest baby, and always has a smile on his face and a giggle for his siblings.

He is such a sweet, happy baby and a true blessing.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Panda and Polar Bear

We have been learning about panda bears, and have read many wonderful books about them. One of our favorites has been Panda and Polar Bear
by Matthew Baek.

For a go-along project, M made a panda bear face. I have been wanting to do a directional-art project with M for some time now. One where she has to follow clear verbal instructions to complete the project, as a way to work on listening skills. This project was perfect for that. (This pattern can be found at First School.)All the pieces are heart-shaped. I was able to give M directions using the color and size of the hearts she needed to use for each step.

She did very well with this, so we will be doing more listening work in the near future.

I am linking this project to stART over at A Mommy's Adventures and to Kids Get Crafty at Red Ted Art. Both these blogs have great ideas for fun art projects.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Qwirkle Math

M loves when we use games for math time. Lately we have been using the game pieces from Qwirkle. They are tiles with six colors and shapes. This allows for lots of sorting, counting, and patterning possibilities.

Right now we are working on recognizing when something in a group is different.

Using non-traditional math counters always makes it more fun!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


I don't think I have to worry about him running away to join the circus, but J is having a great time learning to walk on his homemade stilts.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Blue & Gold Banquet

This whole month is a crazy one for us, with a lot of activities for J. Registering for Middle School, preparing for the regional Destination Imagination tournament, and advancing to Boy Scouts are only a few of the things he has going on this month. Last Friday, it was his Blue & Gold banquet for cub scouts, and it was a busy night for J.

First, he received his Super Achiever award for earning all 20 Webelos Activity Pins. Then, he received his Arrow of Light award, which is the highest award a Cub Scout can earn.

Finally, he bridged over to become a Boy Scout.

It was a great night for J and we are so proud of him!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

We spent our Valentine's Day doing some heart math (M loves dice games). . .

making some crafts . . .

reading some books . . .

being silly . . .

and enjoying our (finally) warm weather!

I hope you had a great day with the ones you love.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Froggy's First Kiss

I know it's been more than a week since I last posted. It seems that everyone in the house has been taking turns being ill. Yesterday was the first day that Miss M was feeling up to doing much of anything.

M loved Froggy Gets Dressed, so when I saw Froggy's First Kiss by Jonathan London I thought it would be perfect. Of course, I love how Froggy makes a special valentine not for the little girl who kisses him, but rather for his mom!

M made a heart-shaped suncatcher to go along with the book. She cut the tissue paper herself

and attached it to the contact paper.

I trimmed it for her when she was done. A simple project, but it helped us get back into the groove of doing something! (Yes, it is snowing outside the window. Our fifth day of snow for February, very odd for this part of Texas!)

I am linking this to stART at A Mommy's Adventure and Kids Get Crafty at Red Ted Art.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Celebrating Chinese New Year

We have been hit by an unusual Arctic blast, meaning both J and Daddy had the day off today. While they entertained Baby B, Miss M and I spent the time making crafts for celebrating Chinese New Year, since it was way too cold to be outside and too icy to go anywhere.

First we read about the Chinese Fu symbol meaning good luck and printed several of them off on the computer. Then Miss M colored the squares red and painted four craft sticks red.

A little glue, a little ribbon and a penny (we didn't have a chinese coin) and we have a lucky hanging.
Next we read the story about the dragon and why it is a part of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Then M colored a dragon picture.

I cut it out for her and she added crepe paper streamers to make her own dragon costume.

She also performed her own dragon dance for us.

We talked about the Feast of the Lantern and made the traditional craft of a lantern by cutting red construction paper along the folds. We added a yellow crepe paper inside to represent the flame.
Next we used some of our squares with the Fu symbol printed on them and outlined it with gold glitter glue. M practiced her folding skills in making a red paper envelope which we glued the symbols to.

I also have some red take-out style boxes that we glued our squares onto. I will be filling these on Thursday with fortune cookies, rice cake wrapped in red tissue paper and other fun goodies for our celebration.

The templates for the dragon and Fu symbol can be found at Kidssoup. Tomorrow looks to be another at-home day for everyone, so I have many more activities planned for our celebration of the Chinese New Year.